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africa on the a. story of both people making a difference shaping their nation. and their continent. on his new multimedia series for africa. dot com africa on the move. hello and welcome to arts twenty one. on this edition resound immune creators working in germany france and their native india out of the view their vast country with its population of one point three billion and it's fun families and your history. of memory you don't have to believe me we put interview for. any one of these artists have to say about
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a nation wracked by religious conflicts gender based violence and environmental degradation. and ken's first scene in india is just one but if you're buying for so you know it's a new kind of consumerism but first she's one of india's best known contemporary authors writing in english and a vocal critic of the injustices of indian society our own docu roy we visit the booker prize winning novelist. she appears almost out of nowhere from the chaos of old delhi's street life our own dodgy rai. one of india's best known authors and most prominent critics of her debut novel the god of small things catapulted her to fame she's donated much of the royalties including her booker prize money to charity roy is a respected commentator one who draws the irish hindu nationalists although her admirers fear for her safety she refuses to be seen. as
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a martyr. but people. and i mean i'm always invited of course to present myself as this low voice who is taking on so many people and i'm so alone and i'm so brave but that's not true you know i don't know any fact who has more arms around them than myself in this country yet roy has only written two novels twenty years after her first in twenty seventeen she published the ministry of utmost happiness a journey through modern india spanning decades critical and provocative it's no easy read. i didn't want to write oh no we didn't civilised no over the idea of what people think a normal should be you know not to write something smooth then easily digestible like baby food. one of her central concerns is the conflict between india and
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pakistan over kashmir the author and activist calls it a war of religion the hindu state of india she says is repressing its northernmost state because it's majority is muslim. she describes how protracted violence has traumatized the people of kashmir where more than forty thousand have been killed since independence. since nineteen forty seven there's not been a thing day when the indian army has not been deployed within its own quote unquote bordeaux's against its cord i'm quote not earthing. she's also critical of the west which she says has been blinded by colorful cliched images of india and adopted an idealistic view of the country one that overlooks the rise of hindu nationalism to take the political pressure group r.s.s. . roy says it's not just it's brown uniforms that we call germany's fascists on
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whom the organization was modeled when it was founded in one thousand nine hundred five the r.s.s. is ideology is geared to implementing hindu majority rule through violence especially against muslims. but. we have not come to the stage where people are being liquidated in concentration camps know what you're talking about and i do you know ideology that feels very sympathetic to that kind of thing and that is not an exaggeration. but it is strong criticism of a country that is known as the world's largest democracy prime minister narendra modi is an avowed hindu nationalist but talks about modernizing the country and women's empowerment all just lip service says roy and not just from him protests over rape cases only started after women from upper classes became the victims the
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problem is india's caste system which no one is interested in dismantling. rivers normalised being within the caste hierarchy is it so normal for upperclassmen to just believe they own the bodies of no women you know when that huge protest happened back of butter for me with a little bit wary of. is there a hierarchy of rape victims and do some rapes count as really not. growing has also criticised the man with beard as the father of india mahatma gandhi her comments accusing him of discrimination because he accepted the caste system prompted outrage she was called hysterical loud and shrill terms often used to describe women who speak uncomfortable truths she says but she can live with that. all doesn't mean i mean. you know what would really hurt me is if they said they
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loved me. aren't actually drawing a champion of politically sensitive concepts he's never been afraid to speak her mind which humor and points she encourages all of us to approach india with a critical and open mind. from delhi to germany where the exhibition facing india showcases thought provoking work by a new generation of indian women artists. of billions at the center of conspiracy in fall spring papered with images of india's sprawling capital delhi. face masks an essential accessory the
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city is blanketed with stifling smog. performance piece and photo documentary breath by breath. collected polluted air at different locations across the city would have put a fly catcher. you know that out and cans for scene in india so they're coming from australia or canada or from between which are really expensive so it's just one but it's your buying so you know it's a new kind of consumerism which i wanted to talk about. that underscores the tenor of the show facing india is no exhibition of folklore from a multi-ethnic nation it unflinchingly addresses modern realities on the subcontinent. and its viewpoints is exclusively female. the ppaca lotteries work focuses on the environmental concerns the is a sacred river in the severely contaminated by dust real effluence burned was sewage. yes locals who live along its banks still use its water for bathing cooking
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and drinking. in a film months on a luxury uses poetic imagery to document this environmental disaster socially engaged in critical arts is at the heart of this exhibition. death that we see about past i was surprised by the level of social engagement these artists have all collaborated with n.g.o.s they've established broad contacts including to lower social classes i've learned a lot from the way they work and their approach is reflected in their output they found a very apt visual expression for highly complex pictorial content like the bit in. there for them is the title of this installation by bharti care. the bricks are made from melted glass bangles commonly worn by indian women. it's a lonely space a tribute to the countless silence victims of sexual violence which remains widespread across india today this. is a life size sculpture of six women is also
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a reflection on women's for the lity class from the bodies of calcutta sex workers . and many cultures the kitchen is the only right place for a woman to be. the part misuses domestic appliances to challenge gender stereotyping and installation in a freezer references global problems. or an aids to terrorist threat all pervading surveillance a global nowhere of interchangeable shopping malls and airports. the aesthetic is the on the nightly western but it harbors a criticism of india's rigid social stratification. people from the little cost conscious into into a kitchen all for higher cost. also if they have menstruation happening they're not supposed to enter kitchens so the kitchen from from from the. stuff.
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india becomes interesting as well in domes of. the hierarchy stacked set apart through the space. of. visible and invisible boundaries a central theme in indian society and in this exhibition. on a high museum wall project the partner is the youngest artist in the show has drawn fine cracks an expression perhaps of a world order under threat of disintegration. woven chronicled by rena kalat is a map of migratory parts taken across the centuries. how does migration affect the sense of national identity. and help serve the border conflicts symbolized by barbed wire and in an age when digital communication has long since transcended all boundaries. i think this kind of narrow nationalism that we are seeing self seeing the only to be is
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really something that. you own and. as technology has really brought us together in many ways and. to see much more unity . seven decades ago colonial british india was partitioned into two independent states india and pakistan the effects are still felt today. when a collapse series hyphenated lives examines the theme of politically divided but historically related countries are hybrids juxtapose flora and fauna from neighboring countries it's a utopian vision. the two sands work is more radical a museum of own belongings is an astute metaphor for an eagle a tear in world. a gaping grimace of false teeth questions device the. adding lines between castes
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ethnicities and genders. facing india an uncompromising view of the subcontinent and the world we live in. and of course we've got much more up our sleeves look for us on facebook under d.w. culture. and nothing more discoveries from india picked up on our radar. the german indian production paavo is german director modern lit facts feature film debut. the twenty six thousand release is based on the true story of a young tibetan bowie's tibetans for hero. the.
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mother. in stark our full images the film tells the story of georgie's life. in two thousand agents arrested during tibet and protests against chinese rule and endured six months of torture in a chinese prison. and some strong enough. said. frank. was. as a. professional. an extension of his life is also his last a tibetan exile community in india. is fined for tibet's freedom and is in tragedy the award winning film paavo is a powerful story of homeland and loss.
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very hungry god a gigantic skull made from typical indian stainless steel cookware by subodh gupta . the glinting sculpture is the centerpiece of the artist's first solo exhibition in france. i work with in the human dance and when i was making this particular work nineteen years ago. ninety percent of the population of india using this done this is salute and sells like a breakfast lunch and then. sent pans and other everyday objects like a milkman's bicycle make frequent appearances and keep those exploration of india's past and present or stacks of tiffin boxes another tradition used to examine the ambivalence of the society caught between tradition and globalization exploding wealth and abject poverty caste politics and spirituality. is india's most celebrated contemporary artist this retrospectively is on of the more need to
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party through august twenty sixth. a musical encounter between india and germany the beethoven first band brings young musicians together in mumbai the moment by is a vibrant and sprawling city on the coast india's gateway to the world and where the twenty eight thousand campus project began its. fall beyond shallow to pascal to entail none study classical percussion in germany the beethoven fast has sent them to moon by for a week their task is to immerse themselves in indian music and find a shared language with indian musicians in september a german indian music event will be held in bonn from a distance it's very inspiring even though it's a foreign country and culture and the music sounds strange to me it's also so funny . to die room. every time it's so completely different being here has turned my
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entire musical world upside down when you start working with indian music you feel like you're practically a beginner again. the national center for the performing arts in mumbai is a fitting location for the musical encounter indian and western artists perform here the indian participants in the campus workshop have arrived the international team is now complete to add twenty. sujit to our season to musicians even though they have never attended a conservatory for thousands of years indian music has traditionally been passed down from teacher to student. and she found me our contact answers there with make dance is an essential part of indian percussion. it's the musicians unpack their instruments and apply tuning paste indian classical
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music is a tradition all its own unlike western classical music it doesn't follow written notes instead it is based on improvise ation but according to very strict rules. can these two soundscapes be brought into harmony ben-hur. he fell in love with indian music years ago ever since he's been moving and mediating between two musical worlds but the campus project is a challenge for him to. his way of course the workshop is part of the project. but we want the resolve to be more than just the presentation of workshop results we want to be a work of art music and art. to explore in various phases right now we're in the experimental phase is this a good idea experiment to be a fossil. it's.
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suspect to know that person things which we lack in all of you don't have in us that we can indicate from does this part of the culture do we have distributed music that's it for me that's important but what i what it's utopia are it's if it was good for me it's being the music is the main thing. that dante three the workshop gets down to business so ishtar workers here he is a living legend in india the master tabla player has taught hundreds of percussionists of many different nationalities in the west some call him the beethoven of the top down hard she was one of his students at. least he said because pure neo in the rushdie is truly a pioneer of indian music that is completely traditional in the way he teaches the school he believes in the group she shared tradition the relationship between
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mentor and student that has been passed on in india for thousands of years but he represents that he's one of the past but he's also genuinely experimental he believes in the power of rhythm and wants to expand indian rhythms to india should . have right on. into the political and. it's not easy to bring together ten profession ists from different cultures what does the master think of the experiment just seeing the one fully known indian remey indian music really really a bridge to him in music. written really pushed out to live music and we put it to be for. the concert set for september twentieth in bonn germany will also feature a premier and off has to work commissioned by details. you composed by. a flute
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player rakesh charles that's a big thing for me and i'm open to doing anything i know it's in music because. music needs to be expressed. in seven hour rehearsals the participants are hard at work by autumn the team will have mastered a program featuring pieces by european and indian composers what's their verdict on the seven days a month i think it's great. the pace of the lessons is overwhelming but we made so much progress and learned so many things in such a short time. and victory here indeed musicians are really incredible we've been learning so much it's really great you're very excited for the beat the one fest that is going to happen in september and all of us the penpal question is from germany and five from india very keen on working together in shaping this stage we have some great symphony musicians as well. the last hours and. the young musicians
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from germany and india get to enjoy some free time will be reunited in september at the beethoven fest in bonn. probably not a talent since the berlin international film festivals networking platform we are asking members about their dreams and challenges our passion for film coming up now on arts twenty one. zero. zero eight zero given. right. you are going to get. if you actually travel to india and. you see the social structure of india the
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indian people in their life emotionally are actually much louder in expressing their emotion than the western people this is a bit of a show and i'm an actor i live from india mumbai i live in mumbai i work in bollywood but from last four years now i've started working in america so i'm in between i and. the potter town. enough. to. get. back on my. feet.
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if you can't hear it you obviously dead. i always wanted to be an actor. i was always good in studies and then in the families and parents i was like ok you have to be engineers are not rich so i just did my engineering but then i joined to a film school. that this was always i wanted and i've become an actor. so when you talk about million dollar r. it was my first international and hollywood american film so i was not in a position to choose that. they were selecting me. all my life i wanted to be a baseball player. for.
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but i never dreamed it was possible. but when i did the film after go getting selected and the rule i said like oh wow this is an amazing role and let's you know enjoy this whole process where. you with me. and you're on to me. one. tree area. i don't get jetlag and he will. because remember right it's almost like twenty four hours it's amazing to explore the whole world and different cultures from different corners you never get bored in your life because life is not. boom room here. who.
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can tell. right away. i. was here are high. everywhere you go and you exposed to a new situation new makers new cultural diversity new kind of people new working style it makes you more deeply as an artist and you learn a lot i do enjoy the process so i was of course still working keep working and. bollywood but i am exploring outside cinema and yeah i'm enjoying. the not be the model of the potter town not from the play out how not. ok. i can laugh when
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see my beauty. some people don't care about me because they think i have nothing to give. but two billion people do. to them i am everything. their homes. their food. their livelihood. but day by day i disappear. and so does everything i can. two million people care about me. me me me. and now. i need you.
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